Learning to Let Go of the Cookies

Listen to the Audio Like most of us, I have a few disjointed memories of my early childhood. Fragments. Isolated episodes with little or no context. I can’t quite piece together a complete narrative from my personal memory bank prior to about age five. But some of those early memories endure and even still bear…

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Bullying, Loving, and Practicing Justice

Listen to Audio Megan Meier was almost fourteen years old when a boy on Myspace courted her electronically. He told her how beautiful she was and how special she was to him. Then one day he turned on her, saying terrible things about her and rejecting her utterly. Distraught, Megan hanged herself. The cyber boyfriend…

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God and Stuff

Rather Listen? Click Here There’s a bumper sticker that reads, “Whoever dies with the most toys wins!” My response is this: Really? Watch an episode of “Hoarders” and then get back to me on that. Having more stuff is not the key to a happy life.  Where having more stuff becomes our life’s goal, misery…

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Radical Generosity

Jesus watched people while they were putting money into the offering plates.  He noticed that rich people were tossing in large sums of cash.  By contrast, a poor widow emptied her savings by putting in two pennies.  What he says about the scene is what makes this such a memorable Bible story. Jesus said, “Truly…

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